Things I learned staying at the Horse & Hen in Hayden, Colorado, earlier this week:
- Farmers don’t need to go to the gym. They get plenty of exercise taking care of their goats, pigs, horses, chickens and gardens.
Milking a cow is a zen experience. You get into a rhythm of squeezing the udder, and hearing that zinging noise as a fine stream of milk squirts into a metal bucket.
- Pigs are piggy. They grunt a lot, their hair is really wiry and they like to bite your shoes. The pink ones also get sunburned, so black or gray pigs would work best in Texas.
- Goats love to play. And they’re coordinated. They’ll spend all day jumping on and off a slick metal shed with a rounded roof. How do they do that without sliding off?
- Different kinds of chickens lay different colored eggs.
- Voles look like chubby little mice with short stubby tails. And they hang out in cow pastures.
- When you separate a mama cow from its calf, it will sometimes cry for a week.
Kids today think food comes from the grocery store. Stay at a farm stay bed and breakfast and you’ll learn where it really comes from. This is a good thing.